East Asia

Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves after making a toast during a welcome banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 14, 2017. Wu Hong/Getty Images

China Is a Declining Power—and That’s the Problem

The United States needs to prepare for a major war, not because its rival is rising but because of the opposite.

Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean

China Has Only Itself to Blame for AUKUS

The trilateral partnership was an inevitable result of Beijing’s military growth.

Liberal Democratic Party presidential candidates (from left to right) Taro Kono, Fumio Kishida, Sanae Takaichi, and Seiko Noda

Japanese Prime Minister Suga Has No Clear Successor

Convoluted voting and elite splits mean the top job is up for grabs.

Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrives for a logistics port visit on Apr. 1 in Hobart, Australia.

Will AUKUS Hit China Where It Hurts?

The submarine deal could reshape the balance of power in the Pacific—and draw Australia into future conflicts.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in addresses the U.N. General Assembly.

Stalled North Korea Talks Show UNGA’s Limits

World leaders have little to celebrate on the 30th anniversary of South Korea and North Korea joining the United Nations.

French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a military ceremony before the official launch of the new French nuclear submarine "Suffren" built by Naval Group at the French naval base on July 12, 2019, in Cherbourg, France.

How France Can Avoid Being Reduced to a Symbolic Power

After AUKUS, the French face the same fate on the world stage as the British unless they pursue EU strategic autonomy led from Brussels rather than Paris.

Hong Konger Chief Executive Carrie Lam meets reporters.

Hong Kong’s National Security Promises Were All Hollow

The Beijing-backed law is now used to crush dissent across the board.

Biden meets with Modi and other Quad leaders

AUKUS, the Quad, and India’s Strategic Pivot

As Joe Biden and Narendra Modi meet in Washington, the business of balancing China enters a serious phase.

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping following their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on March 26, 2019.

Europeans Want to Stay Out of the New Cold War

New polling shows that Europeans think a struggle between Washington and Beijing is unavoidable—but want no part of it.

The U.S. State Department

State Department Plans ‘China House’ to Counter Beijing

Some fear larger State Department China desk could be a “massive bureaucratic blob.”

The Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Ranki

Australia Badly Needs Nuclear Submarines

The country’s maritime scope, and China’s rise, makes the AUKUS deal a no brainer.

Pakistan International Airlines plane takes off from Kabul

China and Pakistan See Eye to Eye on the Taliban—Almost

They share economic and geopolitical interests in Afghanistan, but counterterrorism could be a wrench.

The sun rises over a Royal Australian Navy submarine.

The AUKUS Dominoes Are Just Starting to Fall

The world’s newest security partnership is a window into how the world works—and the unpredictable places it’s heading.

World War I recruitment poster

When Germany Was China

Attempts to explain Berlin’s militarism tells us something about how analysts approach Beijing.

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